Next leap in performance
Our next generation satellite constellation, Iridium NEXT, is the embodiment of Iridium’s bold vision for the future of global communications.
Iridium NEXT is a fast-approaching, game-changing reality that will dramatically enhance Iridium's ability to meet rapidly expanding demand for truly global mobile communications on land, at sea, and in the skies. By supporting enhanced and entirely new services for Iridium partners and customers across an increasing range of industries and geographical areas, Iridium NEXT will drive innovation in high-growth areas such as:
• Global enterprise voice and data connectivity
•Asset tracking and other machine-to-machine (M2M) applications
•New data-centric applications
Next level performance
Anticipated to begin launching in 2015, Iridium NEXT will recreate the existing Iridium constellation architecture of 66 cross-linked low-Earth orbiting (LEO) satellites covering 100 percent of the globe. Iridium NEXT will substantially enhance and extend Iridium mobile communications services, delivering:
• Higher data speeds
• Powerful new services and device capabilities
• The advantages of innovative IP technology
• Backward compatibility with current handsets, devices and applications
As part of the Iridium NEXT launch, secondary sensor payloads will be installed on each of the network’s 66 satellites and 6 in-orbit spares will enable an exciting variety of new innovations and initiatives. One such initiative is Aireon, a planned joint venture, that will provide air navigation service providers (ANSPs) – for the first time ever – the capability to continuously track aircraft in near-real time anywhere in the world, including over oceanic, polar and remote regions.